Callithump Quilt Pattern

Do you love novelty and big print fabrics? I do! I buy them because I love them and then I get home and wonder, “What in the world can I do with this???” That was the case with this large bird fabric featuring owls and ravens and was the inspiration for this quilt pattern.

If you love crazy fabrics like I do you are going to love the Callithump quilt!

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Now you are wondering if I lost my mind when I named this quilt. Nope. I found a new word that I love. A Callithump is a riotous parade accompanied by the blowing of tin horns and other discordant noises. For a quilt designer who was a band director in my earlier years, I just had to make a fun quilt to fit the bill.

Christmas Callithump Quilt on a couch.

Callithump is perfect for those big prints that might be seasonal or novelty or even some of the huge floral prints from the Kaffe Fassett Collective. It is also a perfect quilt for beginning quilters. The center piece of the block is 6″ (finished) so you have a nice sized view of the fabric pattern. Strips of fabric surround the center in varying widths and contrasts to enhance your “Hero Fabric”. The outside border can either use the Hero Fabric or a different large print fabric that I like to call a “Villian Fabric”. In the Halloween version I used two different fabrics but in the Christmas version I used the same sweater fabric as the Hero and in the border. Because. . . you cant have too many ugly Christmas sweaters!

In the pattern I include some guidelines to help you choose fabrics for the various sections of the quilt. I strongly encourage you to read through the pattern before you start, but the good news is that the quilt is easy to sew and works up quickly.

 Here’s what one of my pattern testers had to say:

“Really fun pattern. It would be so much faster without fussy cutting but I really wanted to use the new Riley Blake  Kris Kringle fabric.” -Traci Dearborn

I think she did a great job!

This quilt was made by Judy Mischke of Nebraska. I’m not sure what fabric she used as her “Hero Fabric” but this pattern accentuates it beautifully!






Check out these adorable farm fabrics that Teressa Murie of Utah used to make a Queen Size Callithump.

If you are interested in sewing your own version of the Callithump Pattern, the PDF version is available NOW and a print version will be available in the near future. The links below will take you to my online shop or to Etsy. The pattern is $12.00. I would love to see what YOU come up with, so please send photos to me at ohkayequilting@gmail.com.

That’s not all!!! I will be hosting a Quilt Along to help you choose fabric and so we can share in each other’s creativity! Click on the link below to join the FREE QAL. You will need to have the pattern- we will not be talking measurements.

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3 thoughts on “Callithump Quilt Pattern

  1. 1. Glad to hear you are feeling better and getting out and about before it starts to snow! (Chicago) 2. Love the new pattern – I was given 8 panels that were to be made into books! and want to make them as quilts instead for the Children’s Hospital and this will be perfect!!!!! Thanks

  2. I’m glad you’re doing well after knee replacement. I was wondering about a pattern you designed 3 years ago. It’s the on point angel block. I think it is beautiful and would love to make it but the pattern doesn’t seem to be available. Is there any way I could get this pattern.

What are your thoughts?